Ukraine signed an agreement on joining NATO's Joint Advanced Technologies Center for Cyber Defense
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, on Thursday, January 19, signed the Technical Agreement on Ukraine's accession to NATO's Joint Center for Advanced Technologies in Cyber Defense (CCDCOE) (hereinafter referred to as the Center).
The application of the National Cybersecurity Coordination Center at the NSDC of Ukraine regarding Ukraine's membership in the Center was unanimously supported by the decision of the Center's Steering Committee on March 4, 2022.
The Center, which was created in 2008 in response to russian aggression in cyberspace against the member states of the Alliance and which is one of the key structures of NATO in the field of cyber defense, which takes care of cyber security issues at both the strategic and practical levels, includes 25 countries - members of NATO and 4 partner countries.
The NCSCC delegation made an official request to join the Center in August 2021 during a working visit to the city of Tallinn (Republic of Estonia), where it is located.
After the signing of the agreement by the Secretary of the NSDC (the head of the NCCC), it will be handed over to all member countries of the Center for signature.
O. Danilov noted that Ukraine, which has been fighting a terrorist country on all fronts for more than eight years, has shown a high level of resilience in cyberspace as well. "We not only survived, but also became an example for the whole world. This is confirmed by our NATO partners," he emphasized.
The Secretary of the NSDC called russian hackers a threat to the whole world, recalling that during the past year they repeatedly attacked our partners - states that provide comprehensive support to Ukraine to win this war.
According to O. Danilov, it is "about the first world cyber war, and to counter this war we are forming an effective international cyber coalition, we must unite to confront the common enemy."
Ukraine's experience, he said, is unique, and we are ready to share it with our allies - starting from public-private partnership and the effective involvement of cyber volunteers who carry out active cyber defense measures, to the direct method of detecting and neutralizing cyber incidents/cyber attacks on the part of the russian federation.
The presence of Ukraine in the Center, the Secretary of the NSDC emphasized, will strengthen the exchange of cyber experience between Ukraine and CCDCOE member countries. In addition, this is an important step on the path of Ukraine's accession to NATO, O. Danilov added.
The Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service of the Staff of NSDC of Ukraine, the NCSCC Secretary Natalia Tkachuk emphasized that Ukraine's accession to the CCDCOE will contribute to the strengthening of international cooperation in the field of cyber security and cyber defense and joint countermeasures against russian cyber aggression.